This news has come at a time when we should be celebrating the achievement of 2nd milestone of raising £120K by the end of May... in fact we reached it on 20th April, a whole 6 weeks early! So a massive THANK YOU AND WELL DONE to all our fundraisers and donors!
As a team, we have put our heads together to tackle the problem of the Flow Cytometer. Borrowing one in another institute costs £100/day and would be logistically impractical as the machine is needed on a daily basis. So we have decided to launch our FLOW CYTOMETER EMERGENCY APPEAL to raise £50,000 to buy a new machine (example pictured below):
This appeal is different in that a new Flow Cytometer would not only benefit our project but would be a lasting legacy to KCL even after our project is complete (N.B. A Flow Cytometer is a key instrument, widely used in many areas of medical research).
Amy and Helen from the CMV team met with the leadership team of Crohn’s and Colitis UK on 17th April to discuss the possibility of their supporting our appeal.
Amy reports: ‘We were delighted to have the opportunity to meet with David Barker, Helen Terry and Dan McLean from Crohn’s and Colitis UK. The meeting was very positive: the team found my presentation of the latest science in the MAP field very interesting and Helen and I were equally impressed by what we learned about the excellent work of Crohn’s and Colitis UK. In particular, it was great to hear that the charity increased their research funding to >£700K last year (divided between medical research and living with IBD research) and that they plan to increase this further by 2018 (for more info click here) Like many other charities, Crohn’s and Colitis UK operate a peer-reviewed grant funding programme whereby they allocate awards on an annual basis. However, I’m delighted to let you know that they can make a donation of £15,000 specifically towards our Flow Cytometer Emergency Appeal, thanks to a special fund that their Ambassador Rick Parfitt Jnr supports. We came away with very good will on both sides, new bridges built, a commitment to keep in touch regarding the science and the hope of working together more closely in future.’
As a team, we would like to offer our sincere thanks to Crohn’s and Colitis UK and to Rick Parfitt Jnr for their fantastic support.
How you could help:
If you would like to make a donation you can visit our Flow Cytometer Emergency Appeal Justgiving page.
We will also be approaching other Crohn’s charities, companies, foundations, charitable trusts and individuals to support our Flow Cytometer Emergency Appeal. Do you know an organisation that might support us? Write to them on our behalf, enclosing a copy of our Appeal Letter which you can download here.